Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
Can you believe summer is almost over! Time sure flies when you're having fun! Sometimes things slow down in the summer and we can reflect on things. We've been reflecting on things that the Chamber does. So many don't really know what the Chamber does. Most assume we are responsible for more than we actually are. We would like to take some time to chat with you so you will understand your Chamber even more.
During Rodeo, the Chamber is so busy. We are truly not responsible for anything about Rodeo - not even the Parade. The dates are set for the Rodeo by the PRCA. The date of the Rodeo parade is set by the Rodeo Association when they get the dates of the Rodeo. We support the Rodeo Association with any work that they need done. We help them with copies, mail-outs, and the selling of their tickets, shirts, and caps and the working of the Rodeo Parade. In turn, the Rodeo Association helps the Chamber by cooking the wonderful meal for the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. We have a great working relationship with our Rodeo Association.
The Christmas activities are planned and funded by the Coleman Business People's Association. The Chamber supports them completely by sending the parade mailings for them and putting the parade together for them. They determine the date and the theme and the Chamber supports them completely. The Coleman Business People's Association is made of business people who strive to support each business the best that they can. The Chamber does everything it can to support these business in our community.
The Dove Fest and Hunter's BBQ Appreciation Dinner are the responsibility of the Wildlife Committee. The Chamber supports these events through the selling of their tickets and t-shirts and caps. Because of the support we give to the Wildlife Committee, the Chamber is able to have a booth at these events in order to sell our fundraiser tickets.
The Chamber is responsible for the Chamber Banquet, the Membership Drive, the Fundraisers and the Fiesta de la Paloma. Your Chamber is a working Chamber doing our best to work for you. If you ever have suggestions for the Chamber please don't hesitate to contact our Executive Director Mary Griffis to discuss your ideas with her.
The spotlight on businesses for this month is CARR, Central Texas Rural Transit District. Central Texas Rural Transit District operates City And Rural Rides Public Transportation system. The District's goal is designing, implementing, and maintaining an efficient and effective transportation system for residents of Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Nolan, Runnels, Shackelford, Stephens, and Rural Taylor counties.
City And Rural Rides started providing transportation service in 1987 as part of the local community action agency with approximately 18 employees and three vehicles. In September 1998, the District was officially formed and became Central Texas Rural Transit District. Thru the years, the City And Rural Rides has continued to grow to its current level which includes 65 employees and 73 revenue vehicles. The Administrative office located in Coleman, Texas houses 17 staff. Last fiscal year travelled 1,444,847 revenue miles and provided 143,971 one way passenger trips for medical, employment, shopping, social, and various other destinations.
J.R. Salazar, General Manager stated, "CARR is proud to be a part of Coleman county and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1999.
In addition to the Administrative office and local driver offices, CTRTD was awarded funding for a multi-modal facility to be located in Early, Texas. The new facility will house management personnel and drivers from Brown County and will have a large training room for group meetings. In addition, it will serve as a hub for other transit agencies that travel into Brownwood area. We hope to open the new facility by the end of this year." For additional information on Central Texas Rural Transit District please visit City And Rural Rides web-site at www.cityandruralrides.com or call locally 325-625-4491 or 1(800)710-2277.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163.
We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
CCMC is a Critical Access Hospital offering a Swing Bed Program for long term care patients, physical therapy, and radiology. To assure that we provide the highest quality care, we follow nationally recognized evidence based guidelines and core measures. We are dedicated to using advances in technology to improve our patient's care and safety. We provide primary care services that are second to none in quality and we do it with a personal touch that can only be found in a small town hospital! CCMC provides day surgery, Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery, Dental surgery, and preventive testing (upper and lower GI procedures)
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles).
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative.
Santa Anna, and Panther Creek Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes leather goods. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. The area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Heritage Hall Museum , There are also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.